Photos from an April 2000 hike at Briones Regional Park (Bear Creek Staging Area)
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Trailhead
Trailhead
Gate
The gate at the start of Old Briones Trail
Junction
Junction with Homestead Valley Trail
Lush hillside
Hillside
Old Briones Trail
Old Briones Trail
About to enter tree cover
About to head into the trees
Buttercups
California buttercups
Heading for the hills
Looking toward the hills
Black Oak Trail
Black Oak Trail
Approaching a creek
Approaching a creek
Near corral
Near corral
Junction
Junction with Valley Trail
Starting uphill on Old Briones Road
Starting uphill on Old Briones Road
     Woodland star
     Woodland star
Hills
Hills
Flower-covered slopes visible
Flower-covered slopes are visible in the distance
     Elderberry
     Elderberry tree
     California bay and buckeye leaves
     California bay and buckeye leaves
Buckeye
Buckeye flowers preparing to bloom
Uphill
Uphill
Sagebrush and coyote brush
California sagebrush and coyote brush, with some poppies visible
Looking back downhill
Looking back downhill
Lupine
Lupine
Approaching crest
Approaching the crest
Poppies on hillside
Poppy flushed hillside
Buttercups on the hillside
California buttercups on hillside
Poppies and lupine
Poppies and lupine
Poison oak
Poison oak, with spring's new buds
Almost to the top
Almost there...
Poppies
Poppies
     Color stretched across hills
     Color stretched across hills
Looking downhill
Looking downhill at the flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Poppies, creamcups, and lupine
Flower detail
Detail of flowers
Lupines, poppies, and creamcups
Swath of purple lupine, mixed among poppies and creamcups
Bench
Bench near the flower extravaganza
View down to the valley
View down to the valley
View east
View east to the lagoons
Briones Crest Trail
Briones Crest Trail
Looking back to junction
Looking back to junction
Briones Crest Trail
Briones Crest Trail
Tiny flowers
Tiny flowers
View back
View back, with Mount Diablo in the distance
California buttercups
California buttercups carpet the hillside
Entering John Muir Nature Area
Entering John Muir Nature Area
Junction
Junction with Lagoon Trail
Briones Crest Trail
Briones Crest Trail
Looking back
Looking back
Lagoon
Lagoon
Signpost at junction
Signpost at junction
Junction
Junction with Mott Peak Trail
Starting downhill
Starting downhill
View north
North
Fiddlenecks
Fiddlenecks
Mott Peak Trail
Mott Peak Trail
Poppies on a distast hillside
Poppies on the distant hillside
Winding downhill
Winding downhill
Looking back
Looking back
Junction
Junction with Black Oak Trail
Black Oak Trail
Black Oak Trail
Poppies and lupines
Poppies and lupine
     Fiddleneck
     Fiddleneck
North
North
Looking back to the east
Back to east
View to Diablo
Diablo to the southeast
Black Oak Trail
Black Oak Trail
     Tiny flowers
     Tiny flowers
Looking ahead
Looking ahead
View downhill to the valley
Downhill to the valley
Curve
Curve in trail
     Steep descent
     Steep descent
Many flowers on the side of the trail
Many flowers on the sides of the trail here
Buttercups and blue-eyed grass
California buttercups and blue-eyed grass
Redmaids
Redmaids
Looking back uphill
Looking back uphill
Approaching junction
Approaching junction with Old Briones Road
Returning
Returning
Almost back to trailhead
Almost back to the trailhead





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